ABOUT US - OUR TEAM

About Us

We began creating award winning jewellery in the early 1960’s when brothers Massimo and Dino Giannetti left their family’s traditional Italian jewellery store in Woodbridge, Ontario with their eyes set on Toronto’s small but growing downtown core. Inspired by the old world workshops of Italy and fueled by the youthful rebellion of a generation that for the first time was determined to do things their own way – 18Karat was born. A shop that focused on designing and creating 18 karat gold jewellery in-house at a time when custom jewellery meant ordering settings from a catalogue in 10k or 14k. A shop in which opening the door meant walking into an artist studio, where the sounds and smells of a goldsmith at work were as equally on display as the jewellery behind glass cases.

A lot has changed in the decades since we first opened our doors - growing, evolving and adapting to an increasingly dynamic world, yet we stay true to the handful of hard-won principles that are only earned through experience. Our passion for what we do can go without saying – every piece we create is a labour of love and that rarely means taking the easiest or fastest approach. Our greatest strength comes from the confidence we have in our abilities – we believe we are the best at what we do and that is a title we strive to earn every day, in both the quality of our work or the service we offer. Just as we did in 1961, we are determined to continue down a path that has yet to exist, one that we create ourselves.

Dino GiannettiDINO GIANNETTI
Co-Owner & Master Goldsmith

Equal parts artist, engineer, and magician Dino possesses an innate understanding of how metal reacts, guiding the flow of solder as easily as one would lead a partner in dance.

Every project is a puzzle in need of solving and for Dino, the best challenges are those that have been called impossible elsewhere.

Massimo GiannettiMASSIMO GIANNETTI
Co-Owner & Director

The brains and sometimes the brawn, Massimo has propelled 18Karat onward, through both the good times and the bad, since first opening our doors all those years ago.

Obssessive over details, Massimo keeps 18Karat a finely tuned instrument.

ElaineELAINE
Sales & Administration

A believer in the power of rejuvenation through evolution, Elaine is on her third career. The early years were spent managing restaurants after studying business at Ryerson - then a dramatic shift to the corporate world for over 30 years - followed by a return to school at George Brown College to pursue her passion for art and jewellery by becoming a goldsmith.

Her personal aesthetic is based on bold, elegant, clean designs.


Fiona Kakei ChongFIONA KAKEI CHONG
Marketing & Graphic Design

A woman of the world, Fiona was born in Canada, lived in Hong Kong for 15 years, and was educated in London, UK at Central Saint Martins. Now settled in Canada once more, she is an emerging jewellery designer and passionate treasure seeker, often found visiting museums and galleries to gather inspiration.

Despite her petite size, she embodies big ideas and great energy!

Lena BinningtonLENA BINNINGTON
Communications, Content Writer & Goldsmithing Apprentice

Lena is a Toronto-based artist, dancer & choreographer currently enrolled in the Jewellery Arts program at George Brown College. Previously focusing on intaglio printmaking at the University of Toronto, her artistic intentions have now shifted to metal-based works.

In both dance and jewellery, Lena has a fascination for all things odd and unusual.

Alumni

Vanessa LaurinVANESSA LAURIN
Marketing, Graphic Design & Communications
2008-2016

Kenneth KwokKENNETH KWOK
Sales & Administration
2013-2017


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